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Blaxploitation

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Blaxploitation Films and the Civil Rights Movement - Specifically this essay aims to assess the ways in which Blaxploitation films such as Shaft, Sweet Sweetback’s Baadassss Song and Foxy Brown perpetuate damaging stereotypes of race, gender, and otherness through the use of characterization and how these stereotypes proceeded to undermine the Civil Rights Movement from which the genre originally emerged.

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Blaxploitation films Film Cinema of the United States Blaxploitation Foxy Brown Shaft Gordon Parks Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song Blaxploitation horror films Imaging Blackness Melvin Van Peebles Gordon Parks Matthew Henry
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Blaxploitation films Film Cinema of the United States Blaxploitation Foxy Brown Shaft Gordon Parks Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song Blaxploitation horror films Imaging Blackness Melvin Van Peebles Gordon Parks Matthew Henry
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Such change can be attributed to a multitude of factors, however it was the emergence of the Civil Rights Movement that ultimately had the greatest impact as it sought to revolutionize America’s previously white-dominated film industry (Washington and Berlowtitz 45). The social impact of the Civil Rights Movement was reflected in the emergence of the Blaxploitation film genre, for just as the Civil Rights Movement exploded into America’s national consciousness so did black actions films explode onto American cinema screens. Specifically, the term Blaxploitation refers to the proliferation of black action films produced during the 1970s (Notovny 28). Generally aimed to tap into America’s “black ticketbuying public” (Waring) Blaxploitation films such as Melvin Van Peebles’ Sweet Sweetback...
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